The Operator, which is a gift-giving app, conducted a survey about gift giving for Mother’s Day. It’s a gift-giving app, so take this survey with a grain of salt.
It found that
- 60 percent of dads say they never know what to get for Mother’s Day
- 60 percent of dads say their significant other resorts to dropping hints
- Nearly half of all moms resort to dropping hints
- 1 out of 3 of moms admit they have secretly purchased gifts for themselves for Mother’s Day
- The majority of moms (85 percent) state that Mother’s Day is important to them.
A couple of years ago, I wrote a column that what I really wanted for Mother’s Day was a day off to do what I wanted that didn’t involve chicken nuggets.
But if I were in the gift-giving mood for Mother’s Day, here are some ideas with local roots:
Skip the physical gift and make a donation to Austin-based Miracle Foundation, which will use your gift to pay for the annual salaries and room and board for the housemothers working in orphanages in India. Find a link to the campaign atmiraclefoundation.org/mothers/
Suavs shoes is offering a 15 percent off discount on all of its white and navy shoes. Use discount code MOMSDAY15 at suavsshoes.com. Suavs also have a new summer collection that ship the week of May 14, but you can preorder them now. The collection includes two new colors: light blue and gold.suavsshoes.com
Round Rock Premium Outlets has a special Mother’s Day gift. If you spend $250 or more from now through May 8, bring your receipt to guest services for a free gift. Thursday, the outlets kickoff Mother’s Day weekend with music, food and a fashion show, 6 to 8 p.m.; and Thursday-May 8, the mall will host a sidewalk sale. 4401 N. Interstate 35, Round Rock.
Sip and shop at Hacienda Austin and the Distillery on Thursday. From 6-8 p.m. enjoy Austin Cocktails and SRSLY Chocolates while shopping. Plus learn to make paper flowers with Mia Savage. Hacienda, 204 Colorado St. thedistillerymarket.com
South Congress Hotel Shop recommends these Mother’s Day gifts: Barkley Sound Bags tote bag made from recycled boat sails, $165; pinstripe denim chambray robe from Finery, $175; Maison Louis Marie perfume oil, $58, and Las Bayadas striped beach blanket from recycled cotton with Mexican fabrics, $45. South Congress Hotel, 1603 S. Congress Ave. southcongresshotel.com
Second Street District will be offering free two-hour validated parking on May 8 in the AMLI Downtown and AMLI on 2nd garages. Rae Cosmetics with be offering a Mother-Daughter Day of Beauty with makeup strategies, a $200 value for $75 and get 20 percent off of purchases that day. Teddies for Betty’shosts a pajama party 6 to 9 p.m. May 7 with
20 percent off. Sikara & Co. will donate 30 percent of jewelry sales to Ballet Austin.
Viva Day Spa will be opening its new store at the Domain, at 11601 Rock Rose Ave. in June. Before then, try these Mother’s Day specials:
Super Mom package is more than three hour massage, facial, manicure, pedicure and hot towel treatment. It comes with a gift bag and hot tea, wine and chocolates, $285.
Love Your Mother package lasts almost two hours and features a sauna, massage, body butter wrap, sugar scrub for the feet and calves, dry brush exfoliation, hot towels, mint scalp treatment, take home gift bag and chamomile tea, $189.
The Sweet Mama facial is an hour and a half facial with vitamin C masque; eye and
lip treatment; neck, shoulder and arm massage; cocoa butter hand treatment; and a gift bag and chamomile tea, $159.
Pretty Hands and Feet gives you a pedicure, manicure, foot massage with warm stones, hand treatment and hot tea or wine and chocolates, $95.
Viva is at 1811 W. 35th St.and 215 S. Lamar Blvd. vivadayspa.com
Hiatus Spa + Retreat is offering The Best Mom Ever!, $299, with a facial, massage and manicure. Mom 2.0, $179, gives her a facial, massage, mani-pedi retreat, body glow revitalizing wrap and acupuncture. Celebrate Mom, $249, with a choice of a monthly retreat, a body polish, pedicure, massage and a cocktail. This month’s retreat is the Wanderlust, $195, with pomegranate powder, lime and mandarin on your skin, a massage with avocado body butter and a pomegranate cocktail. Hiatus Spa + Retreat, 1611 W. Fifth St., Suite 155. hiatusspa.com.